World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – It’s Official!

Today, Blizzard Entertainment, a company under the umbrella of Activision Blizzard announced the third expansion to the massive success MMORPG to date – World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Follow up:

While the attention of the Horde and Alliance remained fixed upon Northrend, an ancient evil has been lying dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth, nursing his hatred for the inferior creatures that infest the surface realm…and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

The face of Azeroth is altered forever as the destruction left in Deathwing’s wake reshapes the land and reveals secrets long sealed away. Players will be able to re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure.

Here are some quick information about Cataclysm:

Questions, questions, and answers:

  • Darkshore is flooded
  • The Barrens have been split in two:
    • One-half is for low-level players
    • The other half is for high-level players
  • Azshara is now a low-level zone for Horde players and connects directly to Orgrimmar
  • Southshore has been lost to the Horde. “Nobody was defending it.”
  • “Turns out the maps in Azeroth were wrong, there isn’t a coast down under Tanaris. There’s a zone! If only someone had looked…”
  • Scythe of Elune. “Are the Worgen from somewhere else? …or someWHEN else?”
  • The Cataclysm will occur for ALL players. So play, record, screenshot, the old content now while you can!
  • Extensive use of Phasing Technology, including terrain.

Old Azeroth Map is Outdated from the Official Website. A photo of the New Azeroth Map here, from BlizzCon 2009.

More screenshots here: Official WoW:Cataclysm Screenshot page

Official Website: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Other reads:
Racials: WoW: Cataclysm Hands-On Details

BlizzCon 2009: World of Warcraft Preview Panel liveblog
Official FAQ

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